Dear Boreas, venerated Greek god of the cold north wind and the bringer of winter,
Enough already. We get it; you’re a god, we’re puny, insignificant mortals. You’ve proven your point ad nauseam this year. You’ve caused snow to fall in almost every part of Canada and the US this winter, and I’m pretty sure you’re responsible for all the ice that seems to have a death grip on the sidewalks around here. You’ve really outdone yourself this time. Might I suggest you knock off early and put your feet up for a bit.
Thanks to the American sitcom How I Met Your Mother, I had to sit through Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” when it came on the car radio the other morning. The kids immediately recognized it as the first tune on Barney Stinson’s “Get Psyched” mix (from the episode “The Limo”), and they outvoted me when I tried to find a new station. Democracy sucks, but I believe in using my veto power judiciously.
I can’t believe you won’t shut up. Did you happen to notice you’re at a live music venue? Everyone in this room paid for this privilege, but I’m certain the reason they shelled out their money was to see and hear the musician with his name on the marquee. That, my friend, is not you. (Nor are you actually my friend, come to think of it.)
Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos “are widely regarded as some of the best orchestral compositions of the Baroque era,” but did you know they were completely ignored during the composer’s lifetime?
It’s true, and it’s all because Bach wrote what he heard in his head without regard for the ensemble that would be asked to play the actual music.
Bach gave the concertos to Christian Ludwig, margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt, in 1721, most likely in hopes of getting a job as his court composer. According to Christoph Wolff, Bach used the “widest spectrum of orchestral instruments … in daring combinations,” but the margrave didn’t have enough musicians in his ensemble to play the pieces as written. So, the score gathered dust in his library, and after a while it was sold off in an estate sale. The concertos were only discovered and recognized for what they were in 1849, 99 years after the gifted composer had taken his last bow.